All Over Creation by Ruth Ozeki

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A warm and witty saga about agribusiness, environmental activism, and community—from the celebrated author of My Year of Meats and A Tale for the Time Being

Yumi Fuller hasn’t set foot in her hometown of Liberty Falls, Idaho—heart of the potato-farming industry—since she ran away at age fifteen. Twenty-five years later, the prodigal daughter returns to confront her dying parents, her best friend, and her conflicted past, and finds herself caught up in an altogether new drama. The post-millennial farming community has been invaded by Agribusiness forces at war with a posse of activists, the Seeds of Resistance, who travel the country in a camping car, “The Spudnick,” biofueled by pilfered McDonald’s french-fry oil. Following her widely hailed, award-winning debut novel, My Year of Meats, Ruth Ozeki returns here to deliver a quirky cast of characters and a wickedly humorous appreciation of the foibles of corporate life, globalization, political resistance, youth culture, and aging baby boomers. All Over Creation tells a celebratory tale of the beauty of seeds, roots, and growth—and the capacity for renewal that resides within us all.


About Ruth Ozeki

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RUTH OZEKI, author of My Year of Meats and All Over Creation, is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Shambhala Sun, and More, among other publications. In June 2010 she was ordained as a Zen Buddhist priest and is affiliated with the Brooklyn Zen Center and the Everyday Zen Foundation. She lives in British Columbia and New York City.
Published March 30, 2004 by Penguin Books. 433 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Business & Economics. Fiction

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Yumi finds herself the outsider as the Seeds care for her ailing father, charm her kids, and help Momo catalogue her seeds before memory fades completely.

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All Over Creation by Ruth Ozeki pp432, Picador, £15.99 The seed that brought forth All Over Creation was an article in the New York Times by the writer Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire, on our relationship with nature and our desire to control it.

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Publishers Weekly

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"Every seed has a story," says Geek, an environmental activist in Ruth Ozeki's new novel (after My Year of Meats), which is all about seeds—real and metaphorical ones.

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Just as Cass watched out for Yummy when they were kids, she is now watching out for Yummy and her family as an adult.

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Entertainment Weekly

After learning of her father's imminent death, 39-year-old Yumi ''Yummy'' Fuller reluctantly returns to the Idaho potato-farm home she ran away from 25 years earlier -- with three kids, no husband, and loads of emotional baggage in tow.

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